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Bravery and Confidence‏. Sometimes you just gotta step out and take a chance

Bravery and Confidence‏. Sometimes you just gotta step out and take a chance

Jun 6, 2016

Trey Pearson’s recent coming out was a living example of bravery and the importance of taking a chance. Reggie Sylvan looks at how LGBTQ Christian men should be brave, and uses a couple of Biblical passages to talk about how God calls us to have confidence and take a chance. Over the last couple of days, I’ve been greatly inspired by Trey Pearson’s...

The Deadly Ivory Towers

The Deadly Ivory Towers

Jul 9, 2015

It’s very heartbreaking to realize the trauma caused by the teachings of the Church and its application of the Scriptures. It’s sad how so many have nonchalantly prescribed a lifetime of singleness to a whole group of people, yet they refuse to see the adverse reactions, over and over again, against this prescription. There is so much shame and...

No Worries. Just Be Here Now, Just Be

No Worries. Just Be Here Now, Just Be

Aug 7, 2014

I don’t know about you, but I can get completely tangled up in uncertainty of what’s ahead and what the future might look like. Somehow, I’m guessing you do too. You may have discovered you’re gay, and you’re terrified of the implications: the reaction of your family, your church, your work. Will you be ostracized? Rejected? Who...

Love Like Jesus?

Love Like Jesus?

Jul 26, 2014

“What if instead of trying to defend our religious rights, Christians concerned themselves with siding with others whose rights are routinely trampled? What if instead of trying to legally make life more difficult for gays, we worried only about how we could affirm their unsurpassable worth in service to them? … What if we just *did* the...

Run to God, Not the Bible

Run to God, Not the Bible

Jun 2, 2014

For Evangelicals, if you want to know what God has to say on any given topic or in any situation, you turn to the Bible. The Bible is the centerpiece of Protestant spiritual life- it is not only our highest authority, but for many, it is our only sacrament, the only place that Jesus Christ is revealed and communicates his grace to us. The Bible, in short, is...

Stupid Religion

Stupid Religion

May 24, 2014

  I just had another one of those conversations.  The conversation I seem to have a lot these days with my Christian friends. Gay and straight. About what it means to be a Christian. Am I still a “good Christian” if I don’t go to church? Am I a good Christian if I cuss, if I have sex with my girlfriend or boyfriend? And of course, that one question that...

One little word that makes all the difference

One little word that makes all the difference

May 8, 2014

There I was, minding my own business, innocently browsing through endless Facebook posts from my infinite number of friends (never been more popular in my entire life!), and I noticed that one buddy in a moment of excitement and adoration wrote out the doxology as his status. “Praise God to whom all blessings flow. Praise him all creatures here below....

Maybe It’s Time to Give Church a Second Chance

Maybe It’s Time to Give Church a Second Chance

Apr 17, 2014

My father was the chairman of the deacons, and my mom was a member of the Women’s Missionary Union in the small Southern Baptist church we attended when I was young. Daddy used to say if the doors of the church were open for any type of meeting, we would be there … and that’s exactly the way it was as long as I lived in my parents’ home....

Simple Truths

Simple Truths

Apr 13, 2014

  Beloved child, let your heart be at rest.  Trust me. Stop concerning yourself with sorting it all out, but listen for my voice and trust that I will speak. Surrender your angst, your quest to sort out what’s right and what’s wrong, a job I never gave you. Hand over your fear to me, and I will care for you. Know these few simple truths, and trust me.  Act...

Come On, Baby, Light My Fire

Come On, Baby, Light My Fire

Mar 3, 2014

One of the things I love most about the building where I work is the wood-burning fireplace. I love many things about that fireplace … the crackle of the wood when it’s burning, the hearth where people often sit or stand to warm themselves, the conversations that take place in front of the roaring fire … I truly love that fireplace. My...